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Dr. Howard Cotler, MD, FAAOS, FACS

Orthopedic Surgeon

Houston, TX

Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS is board certified and recertified in orthopaedic surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He received his medical degree in 1979 from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In 1980, Dr. Cotler completed his surgical internship at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University in Atlanta. In 1984, he completed his orthopaedic residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Cotler subsequently pursued advanced training in spine through two fellowships: one in acute spinal cord injury surgery with Northwestern University in Chicago in 1984 and another in orthopaedic traumatology from Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington in Seattle in 1985. From 1985 to 1990, Dr. Cotler had both a clinical practice and an academic appointment at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. In 1990, he became a founding partner and medical director for the Texas Back Institute of Houston. He was clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Dr. Cotler is currently a workers’ compensation provider. He has also been designated by major insurance carriers for providing a higher level of care.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beech Street


  • Orthopedic Surgeon

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Hospital affiliations

  • Park Plaza Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and training

  • Medical School - Thomas Jefferson University
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
  • American College of Surgeons

Awards and publications

  • Orthopaedic Prize, Honorable Mention Jefferson Medical College (1979)
  • Resident Research Award, First Prize Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (1983)
  • Berg-Sloat Traveling Fellowship Orthopaedic Research & Foundation (1984)
  • Certificate of Merit Award Radiological Society of North America (1987)

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  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Howard Cotler's office location

Gulf Coast Spine Care

1200 Binz St., Suite 970

Houston, TX 77004

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